COROT Exoplanet Astronomy Mission
Mission passes In-flight Acceptance Review.
Accuracy estimates surpassed.
Mars Express successfully powers through
special, ultra-low-power mode nicknamed 'Sumo' - an
innovative configuration aimed at saving the power
necessary to ensure spacecraft survival.
Aurora - ExoMars
to further characterise the biological
environment on Mars in preparation for robotic missions
and then human exploration.
VIMS- Visual & Infrared Mapping
Spectrometer - detects massive polar ethane
Mission passes In-flight Acceptance Review,
surpasses accuracy expectations
COROT, a 30cm space telescope, is the first capable of detecting rocky planets only a few times larger than Earth around other stars. The mission, launched in December 2006, completed its initial run on April 2, 2007. It now begins six months of observations towards the galactic centre of our Milkyway. The accuracy of the telescope's injection into its required orbit has led to a burn of only 8 grams of hydrazine from its maneuvering thrusters, which gives hope for an extended mission life-time. The mission is projected to last for 2.5 years.
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